19 September 2010
Taylor Martinez ran all over Washington's defense on Saturday. Photo by Otto Greule Jr (Getty Images)
It was a pretty good week for the Big 12 as Baylor and Kansas were the only two teams to lose their non-conference games. However, a couple of teams in the middle of the Big 12 (Mizzou, Texas A&M) delivered subpar performances in wins against inferior opponents. I guessed wrong (way wrong!) with the Washington upset over Nebraska, but then again I did not realize how good Pelini's bunch were nor did I fully grasp how overrated Jake Locker appears to be. Anyways, the top three remains the same, but it is very close. Close to the point where you could almost say Texas, OU, and Nebraska are 1A, 1B, and 1C atop the Big 12.
1. Texas (3-0) PVS: 1 Win 24-14 @Texas Tech. Next vs. UCLA.
You can’t knock the Horns too much for having a bit of a scare against Texas Tech. Going on the road and winning vs. Texas Tech is not easy. Texas’ offense has not looked great this year, but with the way the defense is playing, it hasn’t mattered.
2. Oklahoma (3-0) PVS: 2 Win 27-24 vs. Air Force. Next @Cincinnati.
Last week I said that if Oklahoma blew out their next opponent then I would consider putting them at No.1. They certainly didn’t blow out Air Force, but the win could prove to be bigger than most expect after Air Force dismantled BYU a week earlier. DeMarco Murray’s 3 TDs vault him into the Heisman discussion.
3. Nebraska (3-0) PVS: 3 Win 56-21 @Washinton. Next vs. South Dakota State.
I will admit it. I haven’t been giving Nebraska enough credit. I picked U-Dub in the upset and look how that turned out. This Nebraska team is very, very good. Holding Jake Locker to 4-20 passing is astounding. I still can’t believe that. It’s tough not giving Nebraska the No. 2 spot, but OU had a similar impressive blowout win vs. FSU last week. I know Denard Robinson has been incredible, but don’t look past Huskers Freshman QB Taylor Martinez—8 rushing TDs this year. What a gutsy and great move by Pelini giving Martinez the QB-1 job over Zac Lee. The Nebraska ground game is fun to watch, especially for all those getting worn out by the spread.
4. Oklahoma State (3-0) PVS: 8 Win 65-28 vs. Tulsa. Next vs. Texas A&M
The big mover of the week is OK State after their strong performance against Tulsa. While the rest of the congested middle pack of the Big 12 squeaked out wins, OK State dominated. Kendall Hunter’s Heisman campaign--as if he really ever had one, Slim--took a hit (11 rushes, 59 yards, 0TD) but QB Brandon Weeden picked up the slack (409 yds, 6TD). Big game next week against Jerrod Johnson and co.
5. Mizzou (3-0) PVS: 4 Win 27-24 vs. San Diego State. Next vs. Miami (OH)
Sure, San Diego State wasn’t as bad as I thought. But the fact that Blaine Gabbert tossed two fourth quarter INT’s in a game against a weaker opponent is not a great sign. Had TJ Moe not made a great play in the final minute, those fans screaming at Harpo’s to "Bring back Chase" may have had a point. In no way can you call what Mizzou has done this year impressive.
6. Texas A&M (3-0) PVS: 5 Win 27-20 vs. FIU. Next @Oklahoma State.
Eww Jerrod Johnson, ewww. I had you slated as the top offensive player in the Big 12, and then you go and put up a Locker-esque performance against a bad team. 11 for 31, 194 yds, 1 TD and 4 INT. How does that happen? How do you personally almost give the game away? Redemption time next week vs. OK State for you, my friend.
7. Kansas State (3-0) PVS: 7 Win 27-20 vs. Iowa State. Next vs. UCF.
When is Spike Lee going to come out with a “Daniel Thomas Doin’ Work” film? This RB has all the tools and continues to dazzle down in Manhattan. 181 yds and 2 more TD’s keep ‘Ole Bill Snyder smiling through the weekend.
8. Texas Tech (2-1) PVS: 6 Loss 24-14 vs. Texas. Next @Iowa State.
Tech may have lost, but their defense continues to look solid. They picked off Garrett Gilbert three times, but in the end Texas just has so much more talent on both sides of the ball. With three of their next four coming up against the bottom of the Big 12 (Iowa State, Baylor and Colorado), look for Tech to gain some momentum heading into midseason.
9. Baylor (2-1) PVS: 9 Loss 45-10 @TCU. Next @Rice.
No shocker here. TCU was brutally efficient against the Bears as Andy Dalton (21-23, 267, 2 TD) picked them apart. Kind of surprised Griffin III wasn’t able to put up more than 10 points, however. Favorable schedule coming up for Baylor with Rice and Kansas slated as their next two opponents.
10. Colorado (2-1) PVS: 11 Win 31-13 vs. Hawaii. Next vs. Georgia.
Let’s give Colorado’s AD some credit for scheduling a nice string of interesting games for his program. After being embarrassed by Cal, they got a nice win at home vs. Hawaii and now they have another fun home game vs. Georgia. They may not win all these cool non-conference games, but at least they are keeping fans engaged. You should take a page out of Mike Bohn’s book, Mr. Alden.
11. Kansas (1-2) PVS: 10 Loss 31-16 @Southern Miss. Next vs. New Mexico St.
I would love to see another 6-3 type game this week, wouldn’t you?
12. Iowa State (1-2) PVS: 11 Loss 27-20 vs. Kansas State. Next vs. Northern Iowa.
Must win situation this week for Iowa State before they face this gauntlet: Texas Tech, Utah, @Oklahoma, @Texas, Kansas, Nebraska. Yikes.
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